Another summer hoops league has come and gone for the White Castle Bulldogs, and coach Troy Green and his young squad have their eyes set on the regular season tip-off.
The summer league was held during the month of June and wrapped up with a bracket-style tournament featuring three Iberville teams: White Castle, Plaquemine and St. John against Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, New Iberia and St. James.
The host team ended up advancing to the tournament’s championship showdown against a stout 5A New Iberia squad. The Bulldogs dropped the final to the visiting NI team, but Green had a good look at his starting five.
Two of those five returners are starting seniors: Kenneth Brackin and Tamarcus Fair. Fair suffered a foot injury late last season and was unable to compete in the 1A postseason, when the Bulldogs claimed the 1A title, but is working hard in the gym to get back to his winning shape.
Brackin and Fair are joined by returning senior Tre Melancon and outstanding juniors DJ Pierce and Unique Young, each of which had a hand in bringing White Castle the hoops title this year.
“We got some good competition in and let these teams play together,” Green said. “Of course, we lost some good players this year, and we are going to have to learn to play without them. We’re much smaller than we have been in the past.”
The Bulldogs lost a handful of keys seniors to graduation including Columbus Willis, Princeton Young, Koye Ruffin and 1A Finals MVP Ja’Tyre Carter.
Over the weekend, the Bulldogs traveled to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux to compete in a team tournament and garnered a pair of wins over H.L. Bourgeois and South Terrebonne.
As of now, summer league is finished, but most players are competing on AAU teams and participating in travel ball. The guys that aren’t competing in AAU are working in the gym at White Castle High, staying active and honing their craft in preparation for the 2017-18 season.